Thanks in advance for your patience in answering my many questions about our trip to Spain. I'm one of those travelers who suffers from FOMO (fear of missing out) and needs to have everything planned in advance to allay my anxiety. Here is my current plan for our first day in Madrid (arriving by train from Cordoba about 10:30 am), which is a Sunday. Based on my research, we will need to visit the Reina Sofia on Sunday November 10th as we will be in Toledo on Monday and it is closed on Tuesday. I wish that I'd allowed more time in Madrid but perhaps we'll be able to return!
Our only must see in the Reina Sofia is the Guernica, so I think we can get in and out of this museum quickly. I believe that admission to the museum is free for those over 65 of any nationality. In any case, it's free on Sundays from 1:30-7:00 pm but we would prefer to beat that crowd.
Visiting art Museums is not our primary interest when traveling (though we've been to many of the major ones) but we do plan to visit the Prado and do the "what you can see in 3 hours self-guided tour."
So here's the plan:
Arrive Madrid Atocha at 10:30 or 10:40; taxi to Hotel Moderno near Puerta del Sol to drop off luggage. Take taxi to Reina Sofia or Metro Line 1 to Estacion del Artes.
12:00-1:00 See Guernica at Reina Sofia; grab quick takeaway for lunch; walk to Prado
1:30-4:30 or 5 Tour Prado (If we need to see more, we'll stay later or return on Tuesday during the free evening hours
We would also like to see the venues in Retiro Park that are part of the Reina Sofia (Venue Parque del Retiro. Palacio de Velázquez and Palacio de Cristal. (These may be closed for installation of a new exhibit but I hope not!) Are these open on Tuesday? If so, we'll see them when we go to Retiro Park on Tuesday afternoon. If they are only open on Sunday, we'll walk to Retiro to see these after leaving the Prado. I have read comments that these are free to enter.
Thanks as always!